Thursday, September 11, 2008
Above - A Pectoral Sandpiper from 2006...forgot to take my camera today.
A fine day, mild and generally pleasant.
Quicksilver says on his blog that Hanna was knocking at his window, well, at Cressswell Pond, hurricane Hanna left us a present, or two to be precise.
To go with the Buff breasted Sandpiper delivery from yesterday, today's offering was a pair of juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers, poddling about on the same weedy edge as the Buffy! On my post yesterday I mentioned that my last Buff breast was accomanied by two Pecs and today had a certain de'ja vue as I watched them together.
Both Pecs could be told apart as one was a much more rufous bird than the other and both were a size bigger than the Buff breasted Sandpiper. After checking some literature last night I think this bird is a juvenile female. According to Witherby et al male Buff breasts are bigger than females.
The pond held a great supporting cast of waders too, all feeding around the causeway area were -
Buff breasted Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Curlew Sandpiper 10
Little Stint 2
Common Sandpiper 2
plus loads of Lapwing, Golden Plover and Redshank.
A Sparrowhawk caused some consternation for a while, one of 6 seen today on my travels, and 3 Wheatears were flitting around.
Up at Boulmer tonight, 4 Whinchats, 2 Bar tailed Godwits and 2 Grey Plover were on Seaton Point and the mere held 4 Ruff and the Black tailed Godwit.